In the victory over the Atlanta Hawks, Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum had to step up to fill some big shoes in Damian Lillard’s absence. McCollum answered the call by securing his first career triple-double. McCollum spoke with the media following the game, and explained that his performance of 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists did not come without the sacrifices of others. Specifically, he mentioned teammate Moe Harkless because of his contributions.
- McCollum praised the efforts of his teammates, noting that a lot of different guys had an opportunity to shine in Lillard’s absence. Admittedly, he tried to do his best in initiating offense and keeping others involved.
- He spoke about how getting a triple-double is nice, but it takes a lot of effort from other players to get there. Staying patient and setting solid screens all contributed to McCollum’s big night.
- McCollum explained that most of the assists he recorded were due to drive-and-kicks, and how reading the defense properly makes those plays possible: “If the pass is there, you throw it.”
- He noted that it wasn’t a “personal goal” to get a triple-double. Instead, he focused on the game and serving the needs of the team.
McCollum has endured notable struggles on offense this season, but hopefully this solid performance against the Atlanta Hawks marks the beginning of a better stretch for the guard, and no doubt he earned his Netflix time Saturday night.